“Prairie was, in fact, a community of plants and animals so organized as to build, through the centuries, the rich soil which now feeds us.” -Aldo Leopold, Prairie: The Forgotten Flora (1942)*
The tallgrass prairie of the U.S. Midwest is one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world, with >99% of the ecosystem converted to cultivation in some states. Restoring farmland in the Midwest back to tallgrass prairie has been of public interest since the days of Aldo Leopold. Much of this restoration work,...Read the full article.
By Nell Campbell
These three questions form the core of two research efforts that I currently have the luck and opportunity to bridge, building connections based on two key commonalities: (1) the focus on pasture systems, and (2) the representation of new understanding in process-based models for soil and plant carbon and nitrogen in order to scale between field experiments and larger temporal and spatial dynamics.
Pastures play a key role in the mosaic of agricultural land use for feed, food, fuel, and fiber production. Pasture systems are also central to questions of land use change, sustainable agroecosystem management, and understanding-...Read the full article.
I was going through my semi-regular update of my CV because, frankly, if I don’t I won’t be able to keep track of everything! It’s as much for me as it is for others (and arguably more so these days).
Which got me thinking about grants, and how they’re recorded. On my CV, it’s a combination of year(s), project title, funding source, and grant amount. So far, all the grants that I’ve received have been one of two kinds:
These have all been relatively small, bar our work on Northern Rockhopper Penguins, which was funded by the Darwin Initiative to the tune of £200,000, but where each of the five project partners is involved in just about everything. But as I progress, I expect more and more I’ll be just one part of a bigger piece of work....Read the full article.
Wednesday 8 March 2017 is International Women’s Day, a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year the theme is #BeBoldForChange which recognises the need to challenge bias and inequality, celebrate women’s achievements, champion women’s education and more.
The BES journals are publishing a series of blog posts this week to celebrate the women who have and are shaping ecology. STEM (science, technology, engineering, medical) fields still have many challenges to overcome before achieving gender parity – can ecologists lead the way?Read the full article.